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Strategic Plan

For 166 years, our church has been a lighthouse on the hill for our community and the world. This Sunday, I want to share a vision to reach people for Jesus over the next 5 years. Our Strategic Planning Committee has been working hard to compile the suggestions from our church, assess our current opportunities, […]

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Mental Models of Church

Everyone has a model of the way a church should work. As Peter Senge writes, mental models are deeply held images of life that shape the way we think, believe, and behave. Often we are not even aware of the effects they have on our behavior, but these models are expressed in our language, actions, […]

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2nd Quarter Giving

Thank you for faithfully giving in 2015 to the budgeted ministries of First Baptist. We have so much to be grateful for, and we have work to do to meet our budget goal. Before I share the need, I want you to know how your giving has already impacted the lives of our students this […]

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8 Barriers to Courageous Faith

We just returned from a great weekend in Sarasota watching Parker swim in the Florida Age Group Championships. Swimming, like many other sports, has its own little world of customs, expectations, and rules. If you want to swim, you do what the officials and coaches say. Otherwise, you’re disqualified. If you follow the rules, you […]

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12 Ways we can Demonstrate Courageous Faith

In my last post, we showed that Jesus’ resurrection affects life today. We respond to him with courageous faith and see evidence of it in your lives and in those around you. According to Mark, here’s what courageous faith looks like. Group action. Just as a few bystanders saw a paralytic responding to Jesus, a […]

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12 Ways Jesus’ Resurrection Changes us Today

The reigning, risen Jesus invites you to have courageous faith. Throughout the summer, we’ve been studying the components in the Gospel of Mark. During challenging times, we recognize how Jesus is alive and well. Death is losing its grip on us, and Jesus is Lord. He makes it possible for us to face these days […]

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Thank You, Marty and Janice

Twenty years ago, Marty Smith came out of “retirement” to serve as our Minister to Internationals. As you know, Marty and Janice are unstoppable forces of God’s love and grace. Their work to share the gospel with our community is unsurpassed. They brought all the energy and wisdom from a successful ministerial career pastoring churches […]

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Ambassadors of Reconciliation

Ambassadors of Reconciliation

The last time I walked door-to-door in Jesus’ name, I was on a mission trip to Bardstown, Kentucky. We spread the word about our youth group-led VBS. Last Saturday night, 18 of us from FBC and over 100 folks from our community walked the Providence Heights Neighborhood off Levy street. We responded to a request […]

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Trusting Jesus Together

Thank you so much for your kind words and support over the last couple of weeks. I’m so grateful to be a part of First Baptist, and our staff and families have felt your prayers. We’re having a great summer of ministry and mission. Your attendance has been outstanding in worship and Bible study. Our […]

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